Friday, 20 January 2012

20th January 1812: Luddites play a practical joke in Arnold

On the evening on Monday 20th January, Luddites broke 1 stocking frame in Arnold. They took the remains of the frame away, but the following morning, villagers found parts of the frame left in the village stocks. As well as playing a practical joke, which demonstrated their increasing confidence, the Luddites were mocking the authorities.

As recorded by Conant & Baker in their report at HO 42/119.

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